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and believed that strong unions are the foundation of a strong middle class. when union membership was at its peak in this country, we all grew together. the middle class grew and prospered. everyone from the richest c.e.o. to the minimum wage worker benefited from our nation's prosperity when labor union organization was at its peak. michigan's economy has always been a shining examples of that shared prosperity. when an auto worker who put in a hard day's work could earn enough not only to buy one of the cars he made but to buy a house, send his kids to college, take a nice vacation, have a good retirement, live the american dream. as unions have declined in this country, the middle class is also declined. those at the top earn more and more, while ordinary working people are seeing the american dream slip out of touch. and it's not just union workers who are losing ground. because unions don't just benefit their members. they benefit each and every american worker, regardless of whether you've ever held a union card. it is unions that fought for all of the things that we sort of take for g
which until this election was a predominantly republican-voting phenomena, and those in union city, new jersey, um, who have, you know, electorally expressed themselves via the democratic party. and a lot of that dose to who en-- goes to who engaged them when they showed up and cultivated their political activity and included them in the political activity that was going on at that time in those communities. so i think there's a lot to be said for viewing the influence of latinos in this cycle and particularly going forward as part of a broader coalition. um, and one that, you know, i've heard time and time again everybody likes, republicans love to go back to the reagan quote. the national exit polls this year shouldn't give you a lot of comfort. >> right. >> it's, you know, two-thirds support for abortion rights, 60% support for the affordable care act. um, the almost 59% support for same-sex marriage. those are, this is among hispanics in the national exit poll. that doesn't sound particularly socially conservative to me. >> no. >> so -- >> and, and also the question i think at some
in the union. i daresay virtually every congressional district. like single employer plans, the last -- investments shrank but missed the not. so the contributions necessarily rose at a time when the businesses had less work and less ability to pay them. six years ago a bipartisan coalition in congress with the support of the business and labour community passed the pension protection act. that was an important piece of legislation that recognize that not all multi employer plans or like. some plans are healthier and others. the different plants have different needs. they need flexibility. similar coalition recognizing that multi employer plans as well as in the sun will need a greater from -- funding flexibility. where are we today? after all the events of the past decade, the financial health of these plans varies widely. as you can see from that status kraft, there is a wide range of financial conditions. two years ago, about one-third of all the participants were in plans that reported of a third of 10 million people were in plans that reported they were in green status. today ab
for insured depository institution and the ncua for credit unions provides unlimited insurance for noninterest-bearing accounts at banks and credit unions. these transaction accounts are used by businesses, local governments, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations for payroll and other recurrent expenses. and this program provides certainty to businesses in uncertain times. these accounts are also important to our nation's smallest financial institutions. in fact, 90% of community banks with assets under $10 billion have tag deposits. this program allows these institutions to serve the banking needs of the small businesses in their communities, keeping deposits local. in my state of south dakota, i know that the tag program is important to banks, credit unions, and small businesses. our nation's economy is certainly in a different place than it was in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis when this program was created. but with concerns about the fiscal cliff and continued instability in european markets, i believe a temporary extension is needed. therefore, i believe a clean two-ye
of its people. the soviet union began to relax its restrictions on jewish emigration in 1987 during gorbachev's perestroika. then following the collapse of the soviet union in 1991, millions of soviet jews were permitted to leave. since then, russia has allowed free emigration. i have felt for a long time that we should have graduated russia from jackson-vanik when jackson-vanik's noble purpose was achieved rather than waiting years, often in the effort to make other points relative to russia on other issues. first some history. in 2007, i met with rabbi lazar, chief rabbi of russia regarding jackson-vanik. he urged passage of legislation ending the application of jackson-vanik to russia. also in 2007, i received a letter from the chairman of the federation of jewish communities which represents presidents and rabbis of over 200 jewish communities in russia, a letter which urged me to work to graduate russia from the jackson-vanik amendment in view of the fact that its goals had already been met. part of his letter reads as follows -- quote -- "we're thankful for all your efforts to
process, play? as the soviet union teetered toward an end to? >> i am not sure it had that much direct effect. i would say that ending the arms race, because this was the beginning of ending the arms race and you know it really took the s.t.a.r.t. treaty and a series of others to do so, and it took the liberation of eastern europe and, which went as a separate process. but, i would say that these things actually freed up gorbachev to try to reform the system. it took the pressure off of him. as long as we had the arms race, they had an excuse not for changing the system, but once you and the cold war, not just the arms race, and gorbachev ended it ideologically december 7, 1988, today is also an anniversary of that -- exactly a year after he signed the inf treaty, what he ended in that speech aside from announcing unilateral reductions in their military, was he discarded the class struggle as the rationale for soviet foreign-policy. that was the rationale that also cut the khan eunice party as the dictatorship in the country. so the end of the cold war reforms that gorbachev started th
being organized by eco was, the economic community of west african states, and the african union. in the weeks ahead, the u.n. security council will likely vote on a resolution authorizing this coalition to lead a military intervention to dislodge the terrorists in the northern. we've seen models like this wo work, in cote d'ivoire and somalia, so there's reason to believe in the potential of a regional military solution to the security crisis in the north. however, even if this intervention works, it will take time to train and equip and assemble the regional force and to develop the appropriate plans for what happens during and after a military intervention. and, frankly, mr. president, security and stability can't be restored to mali with military action alone. the current crisis is as much about governance as it is about security. a stronger m stronger malian des the best way to ensure short gains in the short-term and long-term. but democracy doesn't just begin and end with an election. one of the reasons that mali democracy crumbled so quickly is that malians did not feel c
? >> correct. >> yes, there is. and it's in the station. as you are familiar with, the union developer, redevelopment of union station involves a significant public or private partnership with a private real estate developer. and the same is true with proposed be developed of moynihan station in new york. so yes with respective stations, there is great opportunity to leverage private investment for the department of those stations to pay for the transportation function of those stations. >> and how about as far as phase one? the rail over the environmental process. >> what we will be doing in phase one is to evaluate what potential private investment might be. that is definitely part of the scope of work of phase one. so we will be studying that spent and how about phase two, what type of private investment are you looking for in phase to? >> well, we will find out in phase one what we come you, that's what phase one is to find out is to what the potential is for private investment, for private going forward. >> unlike in california, the northeast corridor service provides, my numbers
to the state of the union, as you said, you want the country to see there was a woman on the supreme court. when you joined the court, sandra day o'connor had been the only woman for some time, and she became the second. after she left, we were back to only having a single woman, and now there are three. to to reflect some on the dynamics at the court in terms of what it means to have more than one woman? >> sandra was alone on the court for 12 years. and by the way, when i showed up, sander was on the bench nine days after her breast cancer surgery. in any case, we belong to the national association of women judges, and just what would happen when i got there, number two. so they had a reception at the court in our honor, and they presented as with t-shirts. and sanders read, i'm sander, not ruth. mindset i'm ruth, not sandra. [laughter] [applause] and nevertheless, every term the two of us sat together, one lawyer or another would address me as justice o'connor. the people who know us, know that we don't look anything alike. [laughter] we don't speak alike, but it was a woman's voice and
go right over here not very far from here at union station and get on am trafnlgt it's not apparent why this fund something deemed "emergency spending" and including in this emergency package. further mitigation should be debated next year. amtrak loses billions of dollars every year. that's because we subsidize unneeded and unnecessary routes. the route on the east coast from here to new york, for example, makes money, but we cling to those routes that neither make money nor does anybody care to patronize. $5.3 billion for the army corps of engineers. more than the army corps of engineers' annual budget. d $ $5.3 billion, more than ther annual budget. included in the senate bill is $50 million in funding for more studies which will most definitely lead to additional army corps projects. and a new task force established by executive order. more projects are not something the army corps can handle. they're currently experiencing a backlog of projects of approximately $70 billion. furthermore, a 2010 report released by the government accountability office noted that carryover funds ha
of the soviet union and its intentions. president truman and his staff and glued together the containment strategy that stayed in effect through general eisenhower's presidency and leader until bill wall berlin came tumbling down and the soviet union imploded on itself. the strategy worked. as we get this is important that we put together a national strategy. there's not one single threat out there but many terrorism, force, state against state challenges, and that's what we must do. and we must nurture those in the war colleges in the state department that have their strategic vision of the ability to glue together a good strategy and make sure that it does come to pass. so, i and hopeful we can solve the problem with the the congress can come together as we did in many of the tough choices, and if you watch the comedians from time to time, you will see larry the cable guide, and let me take a phrase from him to the congress. get er done. [applause] >> remember getting a graduation speech one day walking down the aisle and they put a little note in my hand. so i read it during the invoca
of the african union and similarly african led interventions for example in cÓte d'ivoire and somalia that provided a model for multilateral and regionally led solution to allow the united states and their allies to provide operational support without putting boots on the ground. this intervention will take time and stability cannot be restored through it military action. the situation in mali is as much a crisis of governance as of security. the long-running grievances in the north and a political vacuum in the south must be addressed through diplomacy, rebuilding democratic institutions and the restoration of democratically-elected government. in addition any agreement that attempts to -- a client with aqim well require the government to do so. elections are the key to not only resolving and restoring now frozen u.s. bilateral assistance but also for reclaiming government control of the north and restoring the three decade long history of history. political and security challenges cannot be addressed as separate issues. the international committee must work to address the small to
prendergast who is a union rank activists, best selling author and cofounder of the enough project. in addition to end genocide and crimes against humanity. has worked for the clinton administration, state department and in congress. is also worked with the national intelligence council, human rights watch, international crisis group and the u.s. institute of peace. he has helped fund schools in darfur in refugee camps, now belongs to a satellite project with george clooney. mr. prendergast has worked for peace in africa for well over a quarter of a century. then we will hear from mvemba dizolele, who is a visiting fellow at stanford university's hoover institution, and professor, lecture and african studies at johns hopkins university school of advanced international studies. mr. dizolele has testified several times before the congress. his work has appeared frequently in many major news publications, and he is a frequent commentator on african affairs on television and radio. he served as election monitor in the drc in 2006, and again in 2011. and has also been indicted with unit
contributing countries. european union, france, others have already begun to really engage with the malian forces, so it isn't as if there is an abstinence of support for them in the intervening period. >> what lessons have we learned, if i might, ms. dory and mr. gast, i think the mission just celebrated the 50th anniversary. we were actively engaged in the training a good thing as a part of the very probably democracy support and in trying to create and sustain a cultural democracy what lessons are there that we might learn going forward about political failures and more on domestic issues in the work rather abrupt requirement that we break off relations and support here has created a great difficulty with regional consequences. what lessons would you suggest we learn? the best of times mali is a country in crisis. it is a country that ranks of the model of a dozen. the assistant secretary carson mentioned 90% of the population is in the south and that population is also in the need of services. the government hasn't included both in the delivery of services as well as the governments of
workers were not allowed to participate in the cleanup and were asked to join a union before they would be accepted as workers. i think it's a mistake to politicize things like this, particularly at a time of an emergency. so what i've asked for and what my amendment would do would be to allow an exemption to davis-bacon. davis-bacon is a federal law that requires that we not have competitive bidding on federal projects. what happens is, on federal projects the wages are fixed at a union scale wage, and there is not a competitive bidding for wages. so what i've asked is that we suspend that and say in order to get better use of the money, in order to advance the money by billions of dollars and do more with the money -- and this is an enormous amount of money, running into the billions of dollars, in order to get better money to suspend davis-bacon we would basically be allowing competitive bidding on wages. this has been done before. president nixon and both president bushes did this during katrina, we suspended davis-bacon because it was an emergency and we wanted to make the best use
union. well, if you look at the history, it actually came very, very close a couple of times, particularly on three occasions. one was the cuban missile crisis . another time was actually less well-known, during the yom kippur war. but in the jerusalem post, a book written about this describing how the american and soviet navies were circling watching each other, get so tired, they almost made a mistake and pulled the nuclear trigger and each other. and finally, just sort of more innocent mistakes, if you look at an example in the 1980's, boris yeltsin, the president of russia, the norwegians had a zero weather rocket that they launched in the direction of russia. then notify the russians, but this time the notification got lost in the mail. the russian generals came and said, look, apparently somebody has lost something in us across our horizon. this is an american nuclear attack you have to miss the launch or russia will be obliterated with no shots back. thankfully was sober that date. relations were good between the u.s. and the soviet union. he said to me you know, it ca
assisted russia and other countries of the former soviet union to secure and dispose of their weapons of mass destruction. what an amazing accomplishment by senator lugar. i also want to salute senator lugar's record of principled, conscientious leadership on the committee of agriculture, and forestry, including from 1995 to 2001. he is a key author of landmark measures strengthening federal agricultural conservation policies and programs, particularly in the 1985 farm bill and succeeding farm bills. he has been instrumental in strengthening and in fighting at critical junctures to maintain federal nutrition assistance including school lunch and breakfast and other child nutrition programs through his support for food banks and other emergency food assistance. dick lugar has also been an outstanding leader in research, development, and marketing farm and forest commodities by converting them to energy and biobased products. for me it has been a great honor to be senator lugar's friend and colleague for 36 years and to serve all that time with him on the agriculture committee. our frie
to the former soviet union on multiple occasions to gain a better understanding of how the united states could secure and dismantle weapons of mass destruction. his experiences led him to champion the landmark legislation that successfully resulted in the deactivation of nuclear warheads, making this world a safer place. to date the nunn-lugar program has deactivated more than 7,500 warheads that were once aimed at the united states, a contribution to which americans can never give enough thanks. over his 36 years in this institution, senators from both sides of the aisle have considered dick lugar a trusted resource when it comes to foreign policy and many other important issues. he has been a consistent resource for those who seek thoughtful answers to difficult political questions. when i first arrived here in 1989, senator lugar and i operated a unique joint office arrangement in indiana, sharing office space and staff in our state. many of our colleagues were surprised by this arrangement, but dick lugar and i like to tell hoosiers they're getting twice the service for half the price. a
of the child at home with his or her parents in utah or in any other state in our great union. article 4 of this treaty obligates the united states to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic u.s. law. the senate, in my opinion, has not adequately investigated how this standard will affect domestic u.s. federal and state law. we have had one hearing on this issue that included both proponents and opponents of the treaty, but did not substantively address my concerns about this standard, about this significant addition to what would become the law of the land in the united states of america. for these and other reasons, mr. president, i must oppose the u.n. convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, and i encourage my colleagues to do the same. thank you, mr. president. a senator: would the senator yield for a question? the presiding officer: the senator from massachusetts. mr. kerry: i've listened carefully to the senator and i understand there are colleagues on the other side of the aisle who have concerns about the united nations, and i
with the european union. this shoulyou have two mature es trying to trade with each oampleother.the normal negotiatt labor and other things that sometimes takes so longs frankly shouldn't take long. mr. president, you spent a lot of tomb with our nato partners, and they'd be the same partners that would be our trading partners, if we'll move forward there. and finally, let me say, we need a fresh trade policy for the americas. we now have trade agreements with six countries that were part of the dominican republi republic/cafta agreement. and we have a trade preferences agreement with haiti, but we really need to look to see what we can do to trade in this hemisphere, improve our economic relationship with the south american giant country and giant economy of brazil. your best trading partners, mr. president, should be your neighbors. certainly canada and mexico have proved that. when we send canada $1, they traditionally send us back somewhere in the neighborhood of $1. right now it's about 91 cents. our trade with mexico -- mexico now sends us back -- or at least a year ago shall, and this number
enough good things about our friends and colleagues in the european union and london and france, brussels, germany throughout and other countries as well. they are anxious as you know, they are anxious as to how this will work. we have said let's give it more time, let's work through the substitution of compliance issues, but they have been excellent. >> thank you. my time is expired. i yield back. thank you mr. chairman. >> thank you, mr. chairman and chairman gensler and director cook for being here. right that there is a different timetable that has been adopted by the sec and the cftc and compare of all requirements? >> you are right that we were given an easier task because we are just a future in the swaps regulator and they have such a broad portfolio. as we have completed about 80% of the rules. we have one year to complete the task but here we are two and a half years later. >> is that going to be confusing for the firms and costly for? >> there may be challenges. the swaps that we overseas, interest-rate swaps and physical commodities swaps and credit industries represent about
against national labor relations board and the unions that tried to take boeing down. he has shown it with his fiscal representation and the fact that he knows the value of a dollar. of he understands what every family and small business goes through, and he has stayed consistent to that. it also shows for the fact that this man loves south carolina. and he is very aware that what he does and every vote he makes affects south carolina and affects our country. and so it was with that that i knew that he was the right person. i have no doubt that he will fly through 2014. i am strongly convinced that i and the entire state will be, the entire state understands that this is the right u.s. senator for our state and for our country. what i will also tell you, and it is very important to me as a minority female that congressman scott earned this seat. he earned in this seat for the person that he is. he earned this seat for the results he has shown. he earned this seat for what i know he's going to do in making south carolina and making our country proud. and is so -- and so with that i
our union, the importance of this law cannot be overstated. that's why the voting rights act enjoys a broad spectrum of support. in 2006, the senate voted unanimously 98-0 to reauthorize it, and just this year, the department of justice used its authority under section 5 of the voting rights act to object to new voter identification laws that threaten to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. in texas, according to the state's own data, more than 79 5,000 registered voters didn't have the i.d. required under their brand-new law. in south carolina, the states data kateed 240,000 registered voters were without the required i.d. and wouldn't be able to vote under the states law. in to states alone over a million people were going to be denied the right to vote even though they were registered voters because they didn't possess the newly defined voter i.d. in each of those states. that's more than one million registered voters -- i repeat -- that would have been turned away. thanks to the justice department and court decisions, that didn't happen. but it would have. that was th
is going to be one more step in creating that race to the bottom. we see wages for union and nonunion workers go down when we have that kind of a race to the bottom. we see health benefits and pensions decrease, we see lower consumer spending because middle-class families have less money in their pocket. so these kinds of laws hurt families. it's not about economics or freedom, it's about raw politics. and workers need to have confidence that they will have a voice in the workplace and they will have a decent wage and benefits they can count on to be able to have a good life for themselves and their families. that's really what this is all about in so many ways where families are under attack right now. middle-class people trying to hold it together, people trying to figure out how to get into the middle class, who have been knocked down over and over again. it's time to stop saying the words "middle class" and actually believe and act as if it's important to our country, because it is. it's essential if we're going to have a quality of life and an economy and we're going to have fami
's christian union. you don't get any more devout than that. the whole bunch of them were that way. and then going overseas, i recall killing the first german. the thing that haunts me is that i was jubilant. i was proud. the fellows around me had me on the back and said, terrific, terrific. i just killed a human being. and to think that working change a person so drastically, it has been with me all the time or it when it comes to going into war, i am very cautious here. for example, i'm against giving the president the authorization to make a strike on iraq. because i didn't think that was a war that was fully justified. and it was not a war that we were prepared for. >> let's talk about how you got involved in politics and public service. when did you decide to enter public service, and had your previous experiences and education prepared you for that? >> as a young boy, i shattered my arm, a compound fracture. and i was deeply impressed by the orthopedic surgeon who fixed it up. from then on, i decided that my goal in life was to become someone like him. an orthopedic surgeon.
. the histories of my state and senator inouye's closely -- are closely connected. we both entered the union at the same time, in 1959. as a matter of fact, i moi as a kid growing up, i wasn't sure if we had two senators or three senators, because senator inouye's name was so well-known throughout alaska. when our states were entered in 1959, there was opposition to both of us becoming states, but we have proven our opponents wrong. thanks to daniel inouye, hawaii has become a modern, prosperous state. many alaskans have a special fond unless for the 50th state, especially i have to say at this time of the year when it's 40 below in fairbanks. daniel inouye began his public career and service at the age of 17 when he entered the army after the attack on pearl harbor. he served with incredible distinction, earning the nation's highest military medal for action in italy. as a member of the senate, senator inouye continued his fierce defense of his state in his partnership with alaska. my preye predecessor, ted steve, knew senator inouye as his brother. they worked together and produced much go
union, without objection, no objection, the hearing record will be held open for one week for additional statements, written questions may be sent your way to witnesses at the close of business one week from today, spent christmas eve and christmas day completing the questionnaire and get back to us. we will ask the witnesses to respond promptly so we complete the record in depth there are no further comments from the panel or colleagues i think the witnesses for attending and colleagues for participating. the hearing stands adjourned. [inaudible conversations] >> c-span spoke with two retiring lawmakers. congressman dan burton and senator kent conrad. mr. burton, an indiana republican, served in congress for 30 years end-1990s chaired the house oversight committee. senator conrad, a north dakota democrat has been in office 20 years and chairs the senate budget committee. our interview with congressman burton is at 8:00 eastern tonight and senator conrad follows at 8:30. the house and senate are back in session tomorrow. the senate is in at 10:00 a.m. eastern for work on two bills, the f
mostly because of union busting. at any rate but i'm getting out of all the people here for decades have lost our jobs. why not a government do something and cut their jobs. for instance, do we need the cia, the marshals, sheriffs, special agent here and there? why can't they get the federal bureau of police and how to cover everything and start paying off government agencies? >> host: that's philips idea. on twitter following up on the small business site we heard from saying they eliminated income averaging which is really helpful to small businesses with fluctuating income. >> guest: it was eliminated across the board. >> host: but does that mean? >> guest: under income averaging, if you'd fluctuating income like the women has come you will pay low rates when your income is low. you'll pay high rates when your income is high. the average may be higher than if you had constant income over that period of time. so at income gave you the ability to average your income over a period of years and pay tax at a rate equal to the average marginal rate that would apply to your average income. i
leaves with a stellar 98.77 lifetime rating from the american conservative union. and crucially, he's made a difference. one member of the press corps once referred to jim as the patron saint of lost causes in the senate. and frankly i don't think we'll be abolishing the tax code any time soon as jim has suggested but that's to miss the point. great causes almost always start out with a consistency -- a constituency of one. and jim has never been afraid to take up important and unpopular causes early and let the polls and the pundit tri -- punditry take care of themselves. after becoming what he called a romping earmarker, he succeeded in convincing others to give up the practice. as a member of the foreign relations committee he was also instrumental in resolving a serious problem in honduras a few years ago after the obama administration misconstrued the legal ouster of a president with a political coup. jim enlisted miguel estrada to figure out what was going on down there and i was happy to travel to honduras to investigate in person. jim reported back it was instantly obvious i
outpouring of love from hawaii and every other state in the union, and native communities across the country are mourning the loss and paying tribute to their great champion. dan inouye's absence will be felt in this chamber, and the nation for many years to come. may his legacy live on for generations of native americans and inspire all americans to always strive towards justice and reconciliation. so, mr. president, i urge my colleagues to pass the native hawaiian government reorganization act in the memory of senator daniel k. inouye and his desire to provide parity to the native hawaiian people he loved so much. and to dan, i say aloha oi and hulio, my brother. mr. president, i yield the floor. mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: ms. murkowski: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alaska. ms. murkowski: thank you, mr. president. i request proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. murkowski: thank you, mr. president. i was watching my f
union was truly historic and may have saved the world from catastrophe time and again. he reached out to a young senator from illinois by the name of barack obama and took him on a congressional delegation tour to look into this issue. i think at the end of the day, their friendship was solid and president obama notes that it was one of the more important visits that he made as a member of the united states senate overseas. i know dick lugar as well from many times we came together with our wives at the aspen institute. it's truly unfortunate that there aren't more senators participating in the aspen institute. it's a meeting usually overseas of members of the senate and their spouses with experts to discuss some of the most important problems facing us in this world. no lobbyists are allowed to attend. it is truly two or three days of work, but it's also a time in the evening to sit together and come to know a family. and loretta and i have come to know char and dick lugar as exceptional people. char and i would sit and talk about books which she loves to read and i do, too. dick and
by future generations. dan inouye's work did not end when he took office -- off his soldier's union you uniform. in many ways, it was just beginning. forced by the loss of his arm to give up dreams of a medical career, he entered politics. his was one of the most remarkable careers of public service that our country has ever seen. we will miss dan inouye so much here in the senate. his leadership, his legislative talent, yes, but also his friendship, his humor, his humility, his steadfast belief in the american people. he was the last remaining senator who voted for the civil rights act of 1964. and in that vote and so many others, he served the nation and the senate with distinction that few have ever matched. in michigan we proudly claim an early connection to this noble man. much of his recovery from the wounds that he suffered in italy took place at a veterans hospital in battle creek, michigan. there, he met two other young men, a soldier from kansas named bob dole, and one from michigan named phil hart. they formed a lifelong bond, one that endiewrd all the way to the u.s. senate.
for him. but within a week he was read the riot act by the unions and the aarp who will resist any meaningful changes to the entitlement spending programs that are now bankrupting our country. later this week i will outline a series of entitlement spending changes that could and should be supported on a bipartisan basis. the president told the american people that he wants a balanced approach. my hope is that the president comes forward on his own, with his own details on how he would fix the entitlement spending programs. and i mean real details on real proposals with real teeth. not the window dressing in the president's budget that even the democrats reject and have rejected in the past. the president has demanded a balanced approach. it is what he promised the american people, and it is what we republicans are prepared to give him. if the president wants to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, he can steer us away from it. special interests and his liberal base will no doubt cry foul, but they will follow him if he will lead. and i don't see the leadership, between you and me. no
's a lot of union members who like to be there. and on the republican side there's a lot of overzealous supporters on our side, but i think that alone brings different dimensions. not in every state. but that's something that we had voters say i don't feel comfortable walking past or don't feel comfortable walking in or whatever that is. that shouldn't be the case for anybody. it's not a massive problem. it's not in the double-digit percentage, but anytime anyone feels uncomfortable going into polling location, that's something we take to heart. a lot of the same things. one of the points, segue, i know we'll go back and forth on the length of lines but one step that comes back is there's roughly, roughly 300,000 more voters this time in 2008. 6200 precincts, 5300 polling locations, clearly less early vote days but even these polling locations don't necessarily, they are not jampacked 12 hours a day. while i do agree the lines are longer, i just don't necessarily think that it was because of regulations or because of someone trying to nefariously suppress the vote. i think it literally
that such security is an avowed and essential object of the american union. government officials have a solemn duty, particularly in the age of global terrorism, to help ensure that the american people are safe and secure. yet at the same time, government also exists to do a lot more than just promote security. its most fundamental purpose is to protect our natural and inalienable liberties. safeguarding individual rights and liberties is the bedrock of american government. in the words of our nation's founding document, the declaration of independence, "it is to secure these rights that governments are instituted among men." in our quest for ever greater security, we must be mindful not to sacrifice the very rights and liberties that make our safety valuable. as benjamin franklin put it, those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. i worry that in seeking to achieve temporary safety, some of the authorities we have given the government under fisa may compromise essential rights and liberties. in particular, i'm concerned about
union, and surely they believe that people's rights to trial and jury trial should not be denied. so the allegations that were made by the senator from kentucky are wrong, there is absolutely no substantiation for them, including the one just referred to by senator mccain. but the statement that he makes that there is language in this bill -- here's the bill. where's the senator from kentucky? what page of the bill is he referring to? the language that he says denies people the right to trial. it's just simply not there, and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from arkansas. mr. pryor: i'm going to try to keep my remarks to about five minutes here. i would first, though, like to thank senators levin and mccain for their leadership on this legislation. they really set the tone and they've been good role models for the entire senate on how legislation should be conducted. so i want to thank both of them. i think men of my colleagues feel the very same way, that they appreciated how we've -- appreciate how we've handled the defense authorization. it's a massive underta
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